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Claire Oberon Garcia

Director of Race, Ethnicity and Migration StudiesClaire Garcia

Professor of English

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Office: Armstrong Hall, #254
Tel:(719) 389-6510

Jamal RatchfordJamal Ratchford

Assistant Professor
Race, Etnicity and Migration Studies

Office: Interdisciplinary House
Tel: (719) 389-6078


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Michael E. SawyerMichael Sawyer

Assistant Professor
Race, Etnicity and Migration Studies

Office: Interdisciplinary House #206
Tel: (719) 389-6976


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Ryan Raul BanagaleRyan Banagale

Assistant Professor of Music

Packard 109

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Santiago GuerraSantiago Guerra

Assistant Professor 

Hulbert Center Room #202

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Alberto Hernandez-Lemus

Associate Professor of Philosophy

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Office: Armstrong Hall, #134
Tel:(719) 389-6029




Anusha KedharRoberts

Assistant Professor in Dance

Cornersone #407

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Heidi R. Lewis

Assistant Professor in Feminist and Gender Studies

Interdisciplinary House 205
(719) 389-6081

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Christina Leza

Assistant Professor

Christina Leza is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose research interests include indigenous peoples of the Americas, discourse and identity, racial and ethnic discourses, grassroots activism, and cognitive anthropology.   She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Arizona in 2009 and joined The Colorado College faculty in 2011.  Her most recent research has focused on border indigenous activist responses to U.S.-Mexico border policy in collaboration with the grassroots indigenous organization Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras / Indigenous Alliance Without Borders.  Her current writing projects include a book manuscript, Divided Nations: Policy, Activism and Indigenous Identities on the U.S.-Mexico Border, and a chapter on hip-hop as U.S.-Mexico border activism and identity discourse for a scholarly volume on indigenous music and modernity.

Office: Barnes 306
Phone: ext. 6131

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Doug Monroy Doug Monroy

Professor of History
America, U.S. Southwest
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Palmer  215E
(719) 389 - 6526




Rashna Singh

Visiting Professor

I was born and raised in India and received my B.A. Honours degree from the University of Calcutta in English and Political Science, my M.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College, and my Ph.D. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  I am the author of "The Imperishable Empire: British Fiction on India" and "Goodly is Our Heritage: Children’s Literature, Empire, and the Certitude of Character". I am also the author of the following book chapters: “Kipling’s Other Burden: Counter-narrating Empire,” in Kipling and Beyond: Patriotism, Globalisation and Postcolonialism, “‘The Art of Conversation:’ How the ‘Subaltern’ Speaks in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart,” in Things Fall Apart 1958-2008, and “In the Vortex of the Expulsion: The Search for an Asian African Imaginary,” in The Critical Imagination in African Literature, forthcoming from Syracuse University Press.
I have also contributed to Asian American Playwrights: A Biobibliographical Critical Sourcebook (Greenwood Press, 2002) and to the Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture (ABC-CLIO, 2008).  In addition, I have written numerous scholarly articles and have presented conference papers on issues in British colonial and postcolonial literature, as well as on multicultural and pedagogical issues. In 2003, I was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Grant to participate in an Institute on “Representations of the Other: Jews in Medieval Christendom” at Oxford University. In 1998, I was one of two professors in the state awarded the Massachusetts Council for International Education Lectureship. Also in 1998, I served as Keynote Speaker at the Rhode Island College Dialogue on Diversity in 1997.
For me “diversity” is more than a buzz word, or window dressing, or statistics. It constitutes the true meaning of citizenship, both in terms of the United States and in terms of the world. I consider global citizenship and global cultural literacy key for our century. I believe that the critical study of issues of race, ethnicity, migrations, diasporas and, yes, diversity should be foundational in a liberal arts college education. I also think that it is important to look at these issues transnationally. I am deeply committed to the Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies Program at Colorado College and would like to see it grow from strength to strength. Aside from ES 185 (Introduction to Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity), I currently teach courses in Postcolonial Literature, African Literature, Asian-American literature and the literature of the British Empire. I have also taught Race, Class & Gender and Diaspora and Literature.

Christiane Steckenbiller

Assistant Professor

Christiane focuses much of her research on the intersections of literature, film, space, and identity, specifically with regard to migration. Her areas of specialization are twentieth- and twenty-first-century German literature and film, with an emphasis on Turkish-German and other minority cultural productions, cultural geography, urban studies, and feminist and media studies. As a comparatist, she also focuses part of her research on Anglophone postcolonial and world literature. Many of the classes she teaches are cross-listed with REM, such as “Multiethnic Germany,” "Representing the Holocaust,” and “Love, Death, and Other Demons: Fatih Akin’s Turkish-German Cinema.”   


Manya Whitaker

Assistant Professor

Manya Whitaker

As a developmental educational psychologist, I am committed to investigating issues of diversity and equity in K-12 public schools. In courses such as Diversity & Equity in Education and Urban Education we examine the influence of social factors such as race, gender, language and class on school and family practices. In the Connecting Learning Across Social Settings (C.L.A.S.S.) Lab I work with one graduate and two undergraduate students to study how low income and ethnic minority parents construct their role in children's schooling.








Naomi Pueo WoodNaomi Wood

Assistant Professor

My research is based in the connections between studies of the “Americas,” feminist and gender studies and critical race studies. I look at the ways that different bodies—in literature, film, dance, and popular culture—perform as emblems for different nationalist projects. My research looks specifically at contemporary culture in Brazil and the Hispanic Caribbean but at its core assumes that there are important ties between these regions and the larger Americas that can be found in studies of contemporary performance. I am interested in the ways the queer studies can be expanded and interpreted as a productive theory for breaking down heterocentric and racist reproductions of Nation.  I teach courses in Spanish, Portuguese, and English such as “Caribbean Feminisms” and “Race and Gender in Brazil.” 

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Office: Armstrong Hall #338
Tel: (719) 389-6519